Round-up: The FA Cup Extra Prelim Rd (ESL & EaSL sides – Fri/Sat/Sun 9-11 Aug) [FAC EPR 11.8.19]

Still from West Essex v Whitton Utd (Sun) [Image: Scott W]
Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) – ESL Writer & Grassroots Football Show Contributor

Hello all and welcome to another of  round-up pieces, looking at the many FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round ties involving Essex Senior League & Eastern Senior League South sides. Due to the large amount of ties being played this weekend, I will focus on 13 ties with other results also being listed. The winners will receive £2, 250 while the losing side still earns £750.


Friday 9th August


Hackney Wick  1 – 3  Framlingham Town | Switched to Framlingham Sports Club

In a match switched due to the issues at their current landlords Clapton, Wick (of the Eastern Senior Lge South) travelled to Thurlow Nunn Division One North side Framlingham. Hackney led on six minutes though were pegged back by Mason Ransome’s goal. Town made their way into the next round though as Danny Smith and Cyrus Thorpe strikes sealed a good victory.


Woodford Town  1 – 1  White Ensign   | the Harlow Arena | Att: 281

White Ensign’s first-ever FA Cup tie saw them travel to Harlow to face ESL side Woodford Town. For the lion’s share of this one, they were the better side and took the lead through Connor Barnby. Town rallied though and forced a replay in midweek through the increasingly-reliable Vlad Sighiartau. The replay will be the first competitive match played at Ensign’s new home, ground-sharing at Great Wakering – it is a set for Wednesday night and Brett Munyard’s team will be hopeful of a repeat showing then.


Saturday 10th August


Clapton  0 – 6  Stowmarket Town   | Moved to Parkside (Aveley FC) | Att: 31

Thurlow Nunn Premier side Stowmarket outclassed the ESL outfit at Parkside. Josh Mayhew led the way for the ambitious ‘Stow with a hat-trick, recent signing Christy Finch added a brace with the other goal scored by Joe Jefford as Rick Andrews’ team breezed into the next round.


 Crawley Green  2 – 5  Takeley  | Crawley Green Recreation Ground

Essex Senior League side Takeley travelled to Spartan South Midlands side Crawley Green and came away with a fine victory. Bryn Thorpe and Mitchell Das both nabbed braces here alongside a first-half Mike Castle goal which will please boss Marc Das. Crawley Green joint-managers Craig Meyrick & Craig Bicknell did have something to savour though as full-back Bunker got a brace of his own, the second of those being a late spot-kick.


Hadley  4 – 2  Redbridge   |  Brickfield Lane  | Att: 68

In this all ESL-tie, Hadley welcomed Redbridge to Brickfield Lane. The hosts played well on the opening day of the league season at home though they didn’t start as well here as Redbridge led early on through Taylor Tombides. Alfie Bartram responded for the Bricks with another brace of spot-kicks (ala last week) before Connor Okus struck for the visitors to make it 2 – 2. The hosts restored their lead through strikes by Solomon Ofori and Sam Lyon as Anthony Clark’s team made the next round.


Ilford  1 – 2  Harwich & Parkeston   | Cricklefield

Eastern Senior League South side Harwich visited ESL side Ilford and exited with a memorable win. Kevin Coyle and Jordan Heath got the goals for the visitors, buoyed by an exuberant travelling support. Valter Simao got the consolation for the Foxes though they bowed out of the competition here.


Saffron Walden Town 1 – 0 Baldock Town  | Catons Lane

ESL side Walden narrowly won over Spartan South Midlands side Baldock as Jack Isherwood’s solitary strike a minute before the break was enough to seal Jason Maher’s side’s progression to the next round.


Sawbridgeworth Town  1 – 3  Halstead Town  | Crofters

Halstead Town, of the Eastern Senior Lge South returned to the competition with a fine away win at out-of-form Sawbridgeworth. Although the hosts opened the scoring, the Humbugs responded through Tom Cook and Kane Munday strikes before sealing the win early in the second half thanks to Callum Vincent’s strike.


Southend Manor  0 – 0  Long Melford   | Southchurch Park

Southend Manor entertained Thurlow Nunn Premier side Long Melford as the blowy conditions affected both sides at Southchurch Park.

I attended this match, my full report is here:


Tower Hamlets 2 – 1  Selsey  | Mile End Stadium

South Coast side Selsey made the long trip to East London to face ESL side Tower Hamlets. Damien Briggs’ team won out thanks to a brace from promising AJ Folkes. Selsey responded through an unfortunate OG, following a good ball in from Selsey’s Callum Dowdell. Hamlets held on though for a morale-boosting triumph and their FA Cup adventure continues.


Walthamstow  5 – 0  Sporting Bengal Utd     | Wadham Lodge

This all-ESL tie saw Walthamstow progress with another goal-laden display against a Bengal side that ended the match with nine men. Dwade James got another double, with Samrai Gebrai, Jamie Bennett and Danny McCullock all on the score-sheet for Ryan Maxwell’s side who also had a man dismissed.


Other Results from Saturday 10th August

FC Clacton 3 – 0  St Margaretsbury    | Rush Green Bowl

Fairford Town  3 – 2    Enfield   | Cinder Lane

Leyton Athletic 0 – 1  Cockfosters   | Chalk Lane (tie switched)

Woodbridge Town  1 – 0  Coggeshall Utd  | Notcutts Park


Sunday 11th August

Barkingside  4 – 1  Stansted  | Cricklefield  | Att 125

Eastern Senior South side Barkingside’s second-half comeback stunned ESL side Stansted to reach the next round at Cricklefield. The Airportmen led at the break through Rob Norris’ thunderbolt, though substitute Ali Rajim soon levelled early in the second-half. The turnaround was completed by Steven Le Sage’s side as Francesco Balestrini, Elliott Scott and Joe Oates all netted to record a memorable win.


West Essex  1 – 2  Whitton Utd       | Moved to Oakside (Redbridge FC) | Att: 109

Thurlow Nunn Premier side Whitton Utd withstood playing with a man light for more than an hour to record a precious win over ESL side West Essex. Liam Wales and Jamie Cole strikes saw Steve Caldron’s side to victory. Tom MacLeod’s powerful header had levelled things early in the second-half for the Stags.


Match Report link is here: 


Other Result: Hoddesdon Town  2 – 0  Brantham Athletic  | Wodson Park


That’s all for the this FA Cup Extra Prelim Round round-up. Check back late in the week when the Essex Senior League Preview articles return. Thanks for reading.

Preview: Essex Senior League Matchday 1 (Sat 3rd Aug) (ESL 19/20 1.8.19)

Hullbridge won the ESL last term, who will get their hands on the trophy in April? (Image: SW)

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14) – ESL Writer & Grassroots Football Show Contributor

Hello all and welcome to the first of a new season of weekly Preview pieces for the 2019-20 Essex Senior League campaign. The opening day sees everyone except Hashtag Utd in action and two of the fancied sides at home. Two of the new clubs in Cockfosters and Hadley are also face their debut in the division with intriguing opposition.  Here are my thoughts on the nine matches this weekend.

Saturday 3rd August – 3pm KO


Clapton  v  Hoddesdon Town   | Old Spotted Dog

It’s the beginning of a new era for the management at Clapton as Glen Kendall takes charge for the first competitive match as the Tons welcome the Lilywhites to the Old Spotted Dog. Previous incumbent Jon Fowell did well in his near three-season reign in East London, though this is no easy initiation, given Hoddesdon’s very decent defensive record last term which was the joint fourth-best with Takeley.

Though as they say, the new season is a ‘new book’ to be written and I can see this one being a draw.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 1


Hadley  v  Enfield   |  Brickfield Lane

Hadley enter the ESL fray with a home encounter with Enfield, who finished last term in mid-table. The ‘Bricks’ as they are known, are managed by Anthony Clark and riding high after a 3rd-place finish in their last season in Spartan South Midlands league, prior to their transfer to the ESL. Included in their stats from last term is the small fact that they had the joint-best defence alongside champions Biggleswade.

The first question some may pose is how they will adapt to the rigours of the Essex Senior League and facing an E’s side who will know they have to improve defensively this season will be a good opener. Matt Hanning remains in charge of Enfield though they have moved ground to share at Bishop’s Stortford’s Woodside this season.

I’m hoping to attend this match and it could be a gooden. Have to go with a home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Ilford  v  Stansted  | Cricklefield

The Foxes start another new campaign with a new management team, led by ex-Leyton Athletic boss Morgan LaForce. His brief you suspect is to match or better last season’s 10th place finish, which constituted a very respectable season on-the-pitch.

They entertain Stansted, a side who have also seen a change in the dugout. Last season’s co-boss Marc Benterman has headed off to Witham Town though that role has been filled pretty much by ex-Sawbridgeworth Town stalwart John Watters. The Airportmen lost out by five points to champions Hullbridge in the league but after being triumphant in both the Gordon Brasted Trophy and Errington Challenge Cup Finals, you trying telling them it wasn’t a really good season!!

Stand-out goalkeeper Charlie Turner may have moved on though most of the squad remains from last season, and they will be aiming for another strong campaign. Away win in my view.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 3


Redbridge   v   St Margaretsbury  | Oakside

Meanwhile, Redbridge welcome ‘Bury to Oakside on the opening day. Micky Wetherall’s team will be looking to harness the strong end to last season they had to get their 12th-place finish after their woes in the first half of the campaign. St Margs had their own tough spell last term, though under new boss Jon Fowell, they will hope for another decent campaign. My gut says there might be goals in this one and therefore I’m plumping for a narrow away win.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


Saffron Walden Town  v  West Essex  | Catons Lane

In their own opening match of the campaign, much-fancied Saffron Walden face the Stags at Catons Lane. Jason Maher’s side have recruited well over the summer and will want to ‘lay down a marker’ in the opening month of the season you feel.

That said, West won this exact fixture in February and they begin their season with a series of league away matches, due to the pitch issues at landlords Barking , where they play. This match on paper sounds a tough assignment for Kwame Kwateng’s side so early on so in that respect, will head for a home win here.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 1


Sawbridgeworth Town   v  Woodford Town   | Crofters

At Crofters, Sawbridgeworth begin their new era under former Reserve team boss Lee Mackman, with Woodford Town being the visitors. From what we hear on the grapevine, there have been squad changes at Sawbo and it’ll be interesting to see how quickly they find their rhythm.

Woodford may have lost skipper & centre-back Jack Grosvenor to Walthamstow though the bulk of their promising squad remain and on the back of an impressive 6th place last term, if Dee Safer’s team keep that ‘winning habit’ they could be in for another strong campaign. Away win here for me.

Scott’s Prediction: 1 – 2


Southend Manor  v  Sporting Bengal Utd     | Southchurch Park

Sporting Bengal begin their season with a trip to Southchurch Park to face Manor. Another ‘new dawn’ is starting at the Southend-based side though manager Adam Peek will have learned much from a tough campaign last term you suspect.

Imrul Gazi’s side is broadly the same as last season though influential skipper Freddy Tandon moved on during the close season, signing for Eastern Senior League South side Frenford. Their last two campaigns in the league have both broken club records in terms of points gained and this match could be a tough battle to start for both teams. Draw for me.

Scott’s Prediction:  1 – 1


Takeley  v  Cockfosters  | Station Road

Takeley entertain new ESL outfit Cockfosters at Station Road. Forward Reece Barrett has returned to the club, where he will be joined by stalwart goalkeeper Ronnie Yates and midfielder Mitchell Das once again. Cockfosters recruited former St Margaretsbury assistant Tony Faulkner in the summer alongside Ryan Wade and Nick Mountford. The North London side only just kept their Step 5 status in the Spartan South Midlands league last term and we’ll see how long it takes for them to adapt to the ESL.

Home win, in my view.

Scott’s Prediction: 2 – 1


Walthamstow  v  Tower Hamlets       | Wadham Lodge Stadium

Finally, one of the ESL ‘Title contenders’ in Walthamstow face Tower Hamlets at Wadham Lodge. ‘Stow have added the likes of Ryan Reed and Jamie Bennett to what was on paper at least a strong squad from April. Importantly, prolific forward Dwade James remains their focal point for goals.

By contrast, Tower Hamlets’ squad are in the middle of a rebuild after they saw boss AJ Ashinike depart to join former mentor Allan Fenn at Fisher FC. The Mile End side may take time to settle into the season though here they may well face a ‘Stow side hungry to get off to a strong start. Have to say home win.

Scott’s Prediction: 3 – 0

That’s all for the opening day’s preview. Check back on Sunday when I’ll have the round-up of what happened at the start of the 2019 – 20 Essex Senior League season. Thanks for reading.

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 6 Apr) [ESL 7.4.19]

The Gazi's (Imrul + Raul) Image - Andy W (SM v SB 6.4.19)
The Gazi’s, Imrul & Raul playing in same back four for Bengal v Manor this weekend

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14] | Thanks to @Wilkins_media for photo

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Senior League round-up, here on my blog. More important points were won throughout the division, how did your side get on? Thanks for reading. The last league round-up of the season will be on Sunday/Monday April 28/29.

Sat 6 April

Clapton  1 – 1  Hoddesdon Town | Old Spotted Dog | Att:

The Tons battled to another home draw, this time against stubborn Hoddesdon. In-form Giovanni Palmer struck for Jon Fowell’s team while Connor Bolton netted for the Lilywhites, who drop one to tenth after this result. Clapton drop to 12th. Both sides haven’t won in their last three league matches now.


Ilford  3 – 1  Stanway Rovers   | Cricklefield  | Att: 64

The Foxes came from behind to beat inconsistent Stanway at Cricklefield. A peach of a strike from Tyler Kemp on 14 minutes put Rovers ahead, though Alejandro Seoane-Barber restored parity for Martin Haywood’s side three minutes later. Lamarr Douglas put the home side ahead from the spot on 67 before Callum Maltese’s free-kick eight minutes later sealed a third straight win for Ilf which takes them up to 9th. Stanway stay 15th.


Redbridge  1 – 0   Leyton Athletic   |  Oakside   | Att: 48

The Motormen got the points after this tense win over strugglers Leyton at Oakside. Daniel McCullock got the only goal 19 minutes from time to end a three-match losing run and rise to the heady heights of 11th in the table, four points off the top-ten. Ath’s fourth straight loss keeps them two points off Barkingside though Morgan Le Force’s side have two home matches left, they are against Takeley and Stansted respectively. They’ll need to win at least one of those to avert finishing bottom.

Sawbridgeworth Town  0 – 3  Tower Hamlets     | Crofters  | Att: 21

These two bottom-four sides faced off for the fifth time this season and once again, Hamlets prevailed. A brace from Ijhal Currie-Wilson and one from Georgio Exakoidis were enough to give Hamlets their 11th win this term and move above Sawbo in the standings.


Southend Manor   3 – 1   Sporting Bengal Utd   | Southchurch Park | Att: 65

Manor defeated Bengal in a match that will go down as one for the Non-League statisticians out there. Manager Imrul Gazi had to be drafted in as an emergency centre-back, playing alongside his son Raul at full-back in what is a rare occurrence in the Non-League game. Three goals in a devastating 15-minute spell did the damage for Manor, as William Purdy opened his side’s account on the hour. Harry Rogers [73’] and recent talisman Michael Ogboin [75’] also struck to confirm the points. Ashaan Siddik got a superb consolation for Sporting, though their focus now turns to their Peter Butcher Trophy Semi-Final at Aveley Reserves in midweek. Manor remain 16th as their fine form continues.


Stansted  2 – 1  Woodford Town | Hargrave Park  | Att: 88 | ‘Kick It Out’ Match

Stansted recovered from an early setback to keep the title race alive in this designated ‘Kick It Out’ match at Hargrave Park. Asher Modeste gave a depleted Town the lead twenty minutes in, though Sam West levelled ten minutes later for the hosts. Rob Norris’ pile-driver midway through the second half secured the win , Stansted’s 25th of the campaign. They remain two points shy of Hullbridge in 2nd. Woodford will finish in 6th spot in what’s been a fine season for the Towners.


Takeley  8  – 1  Barkingside   | Station Road | Att: 64

Takeley really ‘turned on the style’ as they demolished ‘Side 8 – 1 at Station Road. Playing in a more forward role, Bryn Thorpe started proceedings with his first of the afternoon after only four minutes. Andre Humphrey made it two twenty minutes in though David Ottley struck four minutes later for the visitors so at the break, Alex Goldstone’s side may have thought they had a shot at a result. That hope was utterly extinguished after the break as Thorpe got his second three minutes after the re-start, swiftly followed a minute later by substitute Dan Hawkes to make it 4 – 1 to the hosts. ‘Side had Ricardo Bailey dismissed and succumbed in the latter stages to a damaging defeat with Thorpe bagging his hat-trick with 15 minutes left. Fellow substitute Ryan Lynch bagged a late brace [85’ & 90’] either side of Thorpe’s fourth of the afternoon to claim a huge win for Marc Das’ side which secured 5th place for them this term.

‘Side’s goal difference took a hammering here, and it is now only two goals better than Leyton, though they remain two points above their rivals.

Walthamstow  4  – 0  St Margaretsbury    |Wadham Lodge | Att: 81

‘Stow ended their season at Wadham Lodge with another good performance in a strong win over ‘Bury. Dwade James put the hosts ahead on the stroke of half-time before Kieran Bishop’s goal [67’] and a Nick Symons’ thunder-bolt seven minutes later sealed the win. Tage Kennedy put further gloss on the result though despite the win, results elsewhere dictated that Ryan Maxwell’s team are out of the title reckoning. A great season nonetheless for the ‘Waltham Rabble’ to savour this term and a win in their last match will secure third spot. St Margs are probably focusing their energy on the GBT Final in two weeks’ time and stay 8th after a fourth straight loss.


West Essex    0 – 2  Hullbridge Sports    |  Mayesbrook Park | Att: 53

Hullbridge had to overcome a feisty battle with the improving Stags at Mayesbrook to grab another hugely important three points. After an own goal had put them ahead on 27 minutes, Yemi Adelani underlined the importance of having goal-scorers in your side with the second on 66 minutes. Only one loss in their last ten puts ‘Bridge in the ‘box seat’ for promotion and if they better rivals Stansted’s result next weekend that could be enough to ‘seal the deal’ with regards to the title. West’s first loss in four league matches sees them drop to 13th, six points away from a top-ten spot.

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 29/Sat 30 Mar) [ESL 1.4.19]

Turner punches out from danger (St v Hul ESL 30.3.19)
Stansted’s Charlie Turner punches ball away [Image: Neil H] 

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to this week’s Essex Senior League round-up, as we hit the last month or so of the league season. Thanks for reading.

Fri 29 Mar

Woodford Town  3 – 1  Sawbridgeworth Town  | Harlow Arena | Att: 118

The weekend’s ties started with this success for Woodford in a hard-fought encounter with Sawbridgeworth. Sawbo took the lead on 17 minutes through Aaron Thomas though couldn’t maintain that lead until the interval as Asher Modeste levelled for the Towners on 34 minutes. Modeste got his second on 63 minutes before Samir Ali rounded out the scoring ten minutes from time. Sawbo ‘keeper James Askew did save a Town penalty though Sawbo’s winless run extends to ten matches, the worst in the division. Dee Safer’s side rounded out their stay at Harlow with their fifth win in their last ten matches overall.


Sat 23 Mar

Clapton  2 – 2  Stanway Rovers    |  Old Spotted Dog  | Att: 87

The Tons were held by Rovers in the mid-table clash at the Old Spotted Dog. Giovanni Palmer and Ali Al-Nashi struck for Jon Fowell’s side though Stanway showed their knack of scoring late goals again as Tyrone Scarlett got their first on 56 minutes before Scott Kemp got their second in added time. Boss Terry Spillane surprisingly departed Rovers this week and Rovers have announced Danny Slatter will see out the season as interim manager.

Enfield       1 – 3     Barkingside     | Harlow Arena  | Att: 51

‘Side got a huge result with a this win at Enfield. Edward Lang broke the deadlock on 29 minutes though the bulk of the twists came after the break. Powerful centre-back Derek O’Halem doubled the visitors’ lead on the hour though Jimmy Cox kept up his recent goal-scoring run with the E’s goal seven minutes later. Isaac Marfo had the last word though as his strike 14 minutes from time sealed the win for Alex Goldstone’s side which lifts them off the bottom.

Hoddesdon Town  1 – 2  Southend Manor  | Lowfield | Att: 79

Manor got another fine win, this time over Hoddy at Lowfield. Kye Jude put Adam Peek’s side ahead five minutes into the second half. Connor Bolton restored parity for the Lilywhites midway through the half though Manorgot their fourth win in their last five thanks to another important goal by recent signing Michael Ogboin on 72 minutes. Hoddy lost ground on a number of sides chasing them for a top-ten berth here.

Ilford  2 – 0  Leyton Athletic  | Cricklefield  | Att: 30

The Foxes did co-tenants Barkingside a favour by beating Leyton at Cricklefield. The hosts had a youthful side out though they certainly had an impact on proceedings, with Alejandro Seoane-Barber breaking the stalemate only ten minutes in. Ryan O’Connell made the points safe with a second on 62 minutes as Ilf’s unbeaten run extends to four matches. Leyton fell back to the foot of the standings after their third straight loss.


Redbridge  1 – 4  Tower Hamlets  | Oakside  | Att: 39

Redbridge had another disappointing day as they succumbed to defeat to Hamlets at Oakside. A three-goal blitz from the visitors either side of the half-hour did the bulk of the damage. First, Luka O’Neil opened his account 25 minutes in, before Ryan Atkinson made it two from the spot on the half-hour. O’Neil secured his brace on 35 minutes to give the Motormen a ‘mountain to climb’. Dan Gilchrist set about redicing the deficit with the hosts’ consolation a minute later though Yoan Edoukou made it a great day for AJ Ashinike’s side with the fourth on 64 minutes to complete only their second win in their last seven.

St Margaretsbury   2 – 6  West Essex   | The Rec  | Att: 22

The Stags ran riot over a weakened St Margs side at the Rec. The hosts had to sign at least ten players this week following a mass squad turnover following their recent managerial change. Enzo Periera was the home bright spark’ with a brace here though West are known for ‘making the net bulge’ when their forwards are on-song and that was certainly the case here. Symeon Taylor opened the scoring after only three minutes, with Samraj Gill adding a second five minutes later. Taylor got his second five minutes before the break  before Michael Mignot took centre-stage again with a treble [41’, 87’ & 89’] as Kwame Kwateng’s side roared to a big win which sent them up to 11th, four points adrift of a top-ten spot.

Sporting Bengal Utd  3 – 4  Saffron Walden Town  | Mile End | Att: 30

Saffron Walden produced a stirring comeback to defeat Bengal at Mile End. Talisman Steven Carvell put the hosts in a good position with a brace [17’ & 37’]. Matt Frew pulled one back six minutes before the break for the Bloods though Jason Maher’s team may have feared the worst when Curtley McIntosh restored Sporting’s two-goal lead a minute into the second half. The drama still to come though as first, Lewis Francis [ 78’] reduced the arrears for the visitors before Connor Molloy’s brace [83’ & 87’] turned the tide and gave Walden all three points as they chase a top-three finish.

Stansted  0 – 0  Hullbridge Sports    | Hargrave Park | Att: 183

The big top-two clash saw no goals but plenty of guts and work-rate by both sides as the visitors perhaps were the happier to claim the point as both sides finished with ten men. For more on this match, my report is here:

Walthamstow     2 – 0    Takeley     | Wadham Lodge  | Att: 56

‘Stow know they have to keep winning and they were arguably the ‘winners’ of the day given the above result and their hard-fought win over Takeley. Dwade James strengthened his chances of finishing the season as the ESL’s top goal-scorer with the opener on 17 minutes. Kieran Bishop made it two ust seven minutes later and although Ronnie Yates saved a penalty, they fell to a fourth defeat in their last seven matches.

Round-up: Essex Senior League & Cups (GBT & ECC) [ESL 17.2.19]

Written by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello and welcome to my regular round-up of Essex Senior League (ESL) action. This week we saw a mixture of League & Cup action though we did see plenty of goals.


Friday 15th February



Tower Hamlets  2 – 1 Ilford   | Mile End Stadium  | Att: 29

The League action got underway on Friday night with Hamlets coming from behind to beat unpredictable Ilford at Mile End. Callum Maltese had put the Foxes ahead, though strikes from Flavio Jumo and Wale Odedoyin turned the game around and sent Hamlets to consecutive league wins to pull further away from the bottom three. Ilf’s third loss in their last seven sees them remain in 11th on goal difference as one of four sides on 35 points after the Saturday action.


Errington Challenge Cup – Quarter-Final


Barkingside  0 – 4  Saffron Walden Town | Cricklefield  | Att: 115

I attended this match, here is my report: 


Saturday 16th February



Enfield  3 – 1 Southend Manor   | Harlow Arena  | Att: 58

An extraordinary game ended up with compounding both the E’s good week and Manor’s current predicament. The E’s took the lead after six minutes through skipper Ben Bradbury. Ernold Haxhiu [49’] made it 2 – 0 to Matt Hanning’s men. The hosts would have feared the worst after being reduced to nine men as Luke Thomas and centre-back Jacob Dixon were both dismissed. Manor couldn’t take full advantage of the situation despite Grant Francis pulling one back for Adam Peek’s side on 69 minutes. Jimmy Cox restored the E’s two-goal cushion though five minutes later and they held firm to extend their unbeaten run to three matches and rise to 13th. Manor’s winless stretch continues as they remain in 18th, six points clear of Barkingside.


Leyton Athletic  2 – 6  Sporting Bengal Utd  | Wadham Lodge Stadium |

Sporting laid siege to the Leyton goal with this big win at Wadham Lodge. Curtley MacIntosh became the first Bengal player to score four goals in a ESL match, backed up by a brace by Reside Coxi-Sebastfao to send Sporting back up to 7th spot. Stanley Green and Okwute Izuchukwu got the Ath strikes though it was fairly scant consolation. Leyton remain in prime danger at the foot of the table though what could also be important is they now have the worst goal difference in the division with -40.


Errington Challenge Cup – Quarter-Final

Hoddesdon Town  2 – 4  Clapton  | Lowfield  | Att: 84

The Tons came back from an early setback to record a fine win at Lowfield. Connor Bolton opened the hosts’ account after two minutes and that lead did hold until the break. After the interval was an entirely different story as three goals in 15 minutes changed the course of the tie. Jacob Kromann’s brace [pen 46’ & 49’] and Bryan Kyungu’s strike on the hour brought that about before Oliver Gnandi brought the home side back into contention at 3 – 2 with 18 minutes left. Clapton roared back and rounded out the scoring through Giovanni Palmer on 75 minutes. Jon Fowell’s side take their place in the last four of the Errington Cup.


Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy: Semi-Finals

Stansted  1 – 0  Walthamstow  | Hargrave Park  | Att: 88

The Airportmen got some measure of payback for their league loss last weekend by edging to the win over Walthamstow to make the Final of the Gordon Brasted Trophy. Callum Ibe got the only goal on 32 minutes and that ended up being enough to defeat a stubborn yet depleted ‘Stow side who could only name a solitary substitute on the bench.


Stanway Rovers  0 – 4  St Margaretsbury  | Hawthorns  |

St Margs stormed to a memorable victory to also take their place in the Gordon Brasted Trophy Final on Easter Monday when they face Stansted. Charncey Dash’s double further endorsed his stand-out campaign to keep tabs on the leading goal-scorers in all competitions. Phil Lowen and the in-form Connor Scully added further gloss to the score-line. Stanway fell to only their second loss in their last five in all competitions.

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 9 Feb) [10.2.19]

Written by Scott W  (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to my round-up of Essex Senior League action this weekend as six matches evaded the worst of the weather and we had some ‘upsets’ this weekend to say the least. Thanks for reading.


Saturday 9th February

Ilford  3 – 2  Sawbridgeworth Town   | Cricklefield  | Att: 55

Ilford edged this battle at Cricklefield. Sawbo took the lead though in this one after only two minutes thanks to the prolific Joe Wright. The Foxes only took six minutes to equalise as their own marksman Yemi Adelani struck. Lamarr Douglas gave Martin Haywood’s side the lead on 25 minutes. While that lead held until half-time, Sawbridgeworth levelled through Ollie Fortune on the hour mark.

The topsy-turvy nature of the game continued though Adelani grabbed his second of the afternoon [64’] as Sawbo continue their struggles defensively this term. Foxes ‘keeper Hugo Rossetti saved a late penalty to deny John Watters’ side a point. Ilford’s third win in their last four matches sees them up to 11th spot, above Sawbo on goal difference. Town drop to 13th after their fourth loss in their last six.


Southend Manor  0 – 3  Stanway Rovers   | Southchurch Park  | Att: 71

Fortune wasn’t smiling Manor’s way as after a decent showing in the opening 45, Stanway’s goal-blitz after the hour ensured they left with Southchurch Park with the points. Jay Nash broke the deadlock on 61 minutes, before further strikes by Scott Kemp ten minutes later and Fionn O’Reilly [82’] ended a good afternoon’s work for Terry Spillane’s side. Stanway’s fourth success in their last six sees them leap up to tenth place in the standings. Manor’s winless run extends to 11 matches now as they drop to third-bottom, six points clear of the bottom two.



Sporting Bengal Utd  2 – 4  Tower Hamlets| Mile End ‘derby’

These two rivals ‘locked horns’ again and Hamlets emerged with a fine victory to finally end a ten-match winless run. Club stalwarts Wale Odedoyin and Luke With starred here as Odedoyin got a brace while With added a penalty and Flavio Jumo added the other strike. Bengal couldn’t deal with the enterprising play of AJ Ashinike’s side though Charles Gregory’s penalty at the start of the 2nd half and a late Kamarl Duncan header gave them something to shout about.

Hamlets were ‘more than chuffed’ with this win as they showed post-match. Anyway, Hamlets rise to 17th after a vital win while Bengal stay 7th though only sit above St Margaretsbury on goal difference.


St Margaretsbury  3  – 1 Leyton Athletic    | The Rec | Att: 34

St Margs swept aside Leyton at the Rec to claim another three points. Dag & Red loanee Lanre Balogun got the opener for player-boss Max Mitchell’s side and Luke Marshall and Connor Scully got the other goals to outweigh Okwute Izuchukwu’s goal for Leyton who fell to their third straight defeat. The Bury’s fourth win in their last six sees them remain 8th, four points clear of Hoddesdon just below them.


Takeley  0 – 1  Enfield  | Station Road | Att: 81

I attended this match, here’s my report:


Walthamstow  1 – 0  Stansted   |Wadham Lodge Stadium| Att: 73

‘Stow defied the odds to secure to a vital victory to keep their fledgling title hopes alive. Despite seeing Leon McKenzie dismissed early on for severe dissent, Ryan Maxwell’s team kept the free-scoring Airportmen at bay in a tight encounter before Marcus Bowers got the only goal seven minutes from time. Their fifth win in their last seven sees them remain 5th but they have cut the gap to Takeley in 4th to eight points. Stansted’s 15-match league unbeaten run ended here though they remain top, four points clear of Hullbridge although the latter have two matches in hand on the leaders.


Games OFF due to adverse weather this weekend:

Clapton  P – P Woodford Town | Hullbridge P – P Saffron Walden Town
Redbridge  P – P Hoddesdon Town  | West Essex P – P Barkingside


Thank you for reading, we’ll be back next week.

Match Report: Tower Hamlets 4 – 1 Grays Athletic Res (Sat 29 Dec) [PBT 29.12.18]

Peter Butcher Trophy 2018-19  – Round Two

Venue: Mile End Stadium

Attendance: TBC

2018-19 Season – Match 39

Saturday 29th December 2018  – 3pm KO

Tower Hamlets: ‘Hi-Vis’ Green Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Grays Ath Res: Red and White Striped Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks


Hamlets overwhelm Grays Reserves at Mile End



Report & Photos by Scott W (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)


The first match for me in a fortnight took me to Mile End to see Tower Hamlets take on the second-string Grays Athletic side in the Peter Butcher Trophy Round Two stage. The hosts named a mixture of first-teamers and youthful players in their starting XI with Jordan Stanbury in goal behind a back four containing full-backs Kris Queeley and Joshua Rusoke and experienced centre-backs Tola Odedoyin and player-boss AJ Ashinike. Luke With and Dominic Weston were among the substitutes. For Philip Sackey’s team, Manraj Phagura skippered the side with strong forward Theirry Fang leading the line.

The match began in quite a muted fashion as Hamlets set about getting their passing game going with their opponents looking to adapt to both their surroundings and their opposition. Hamlets wingers Yohan Edoukai and Jamie Yila looked handy down the flanks with their pace and trickery. The hosts broke the deadlock on 18 minutes as Edoukai made a darting run down the right and beat visiting custodian Liam Tuitt one-on-one  as the ball went under his legs and into the net.

After a fair period of mostly possession-based play for both sides, Grays did get force their hosts back in terms of territory somewhat. Five minutes before the break, Grays forward Denzil Adebiyi blazed an effort wide of the right-side post, following a long throw into the box. Although the visitors did keep the home defence alert, they couldn’t really bring about that telling final ball to create the oppurtunities to test Jordan Stanbury in the Hamlets goal.

Half-Time:  T Hamlets 1 – 0 Grays Athletic Res


If the first half was quite quiet in terms of goal-mouth action, the same was less so in the second half. Hamlets took advantage of a half-sleepy Grays defence early-doors as only a minute into the half, forward Suaibo Balde powered home a curling effort into the corner in what was a well-taken strike. AJ Ashinike’s team made it three only seven minutes later from a penalty spot as Montel Williams lashed home from 12 yards, right into the top corner giving Tuitt very little chance.

The hard-working Hamlets forward line continued to stretch the visitors as we got into the latter stages as another good delivery from Edoukai found substitute Eziekiel Kamara though his effort was closed down by the visiting back-line. Hamlets did get a fourth in the closing minutes as a lovely move saw substitute Ismael Traore-Mendy send in a teasing cross which Kamara prod home superbly to add some gloss to the score-line.

In fairness, Hamlets were not entirely dominant in this match and Grays did get a goal, with the last kick of the game. A free-kick came about in a promising position, 20 yards out – captain Manraj Phagura stepped up a curled home a beaut right into the left corner, evading Stanbury and his defenders.

All in all, this was a good afternoon’s work for Hamlets as they advance into the next round. I’d like to thank them for their hospitality today. Thanks also to Rob Errington.

Full-Time: Tower Hamlets 4 – 1 Grays Athletic Res

Tower Hamlets   | Player-Manager: AJ Ashinike

Jordan Stanbury (GK), Kris Queeley, Joshua Rusoke, Montel Williams, AJ Ashinike (Capt), Tola Odedoyin, Yohan Edoukai (Brandon Roberts-Marshall 83′), Flavio Jumo, Suaibo Balde (Eziekiel Kamara 76′), Jacob Katonia, Jamie Yila (Ismael Traore-Mendy 86′)

Goal-scorers: Yohan Edoukai [18′], Suaibo Balde [46′], Montel Williams [pen 53′], Eziekiel Kamara [87′]

Booked: None | Subs Not Used: With, Weston

Grays Athletic Res  | Manager: Philip Sackey

Liam Tuitt (GK), Robinson Wokoma, David Brookman, Denzil Adebiyi, Qenan Lua-Lua, Manraj Phagura (Capt), Josh Sackey (Jason Thuku 49′), Codei Michel, Luke Sackey, Joseph Gbenko (Furo Ibiama 81′), Thierry Fang

Goal-scorers: Manraj Phagura [90′ +5]

Booked: None    | Subs Not Used: Thorne

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Fri 7/Sat 8 Dec) [ESL 9.12.18]

Written by Scott W  [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]


Hello & welcome to this week’s round-up of the Essex Senior League action, which includes the re-set FA Vase R3 ties which failed to make it due to adverse weather last weekend.

Essex Senior League  – Friday 7th December

Woodford Town  4 – 1  Stanway Rovers   | Harlow Arena | Att: 94

Woodford continued their fine run with their third win in seven days. Jordan Sanderson’s third-minute goal put the free-scoring Wood ahead. Temi Babalola rippled the net again with his first of the evening, ten minutes before half-time. The hosts were dominant at this point and Sanderson got his second only three minutes later. Babalola joined the ‘brace club’ on 65 minutes to give Dee Safer’s side more than a big enough cushion and although Rovers pulled one back through Tyler Harris, they succumbed to their fourth loss in their last five. Woodford have won their last six matches on-the-trot and the next two months will have a bearing on just how much of a ‘surprise package’ they will be this season.

Saturday 8th December

Enfield  2 – 4   Tower Hamlets   | Harlow Arena | Att: 50

The Harlow Arena also saw a terrific win for a re-energised Hamlets side. Luke With grabbed a double [18’ & 28’] before the opening half-out was out. Iljhal Currie-Wilson made it three only three minutes afterward. The E’s powered out of the blocks in the second half and Dan Chambers [52’] & Michael Opoku [53’] goals heavily cut the visitors’ lead though Kris Queeley’s goal on the hour rounded out the scoring to hand Hamlets their third win in their last five outings. Matt Hanning’s team have grabbed one win in their last five and need to settle to avoid getting dragged into the shoot-out at the foot of the table.



Hoddesdon Town  0 – 2   West Essex   |  Lowfield  | Att: 69

West Essex surprised their hosts to pick up an important three points at Lowfield. Two goals in three minutes did the damage as first, Tom Woodbridge put the Stags ahead on 36 minutes. Powerful front man Izzy Ogedi-Uzokwe made a welcome return to the goal-scoring charts for his side with the game’s second only two minutes afterward. That lead was cherished and held on to as well to give West their second win in their last seven. Hoddy’s third loss in their last six sees them mired in inconsistency.


Saffron Walden Town  5 – 1  Ilford   |  Catons Lane  | Att: 150

The Bloods continued their super form over the Foxes this term with a powerful display at Catons Lane. Jason Maher’s side were three goals to the good by half time as Tom Lakin [7’], Lewis Francis’ penalty on 32 minutes and Marcus Crowther [45’] goals saw them in a great position. Ilf simply had no answer to the firepower of their hosts as Dan Trendall grabbed a double as well [47’ & 81’] to secure Walden’s fourth win in their last six matches. Connor Kain gave the Foxes something to ‘shout about’ with a consolation four minutes into the second half though a seventh defeat in their last eight beckoned.


Southend Manor   0 – 1   Takeley   |  Southchurch Park  | Att: 26

Takeley got the job done with a narrow success over a Manor side that are looking a little brighter in recent times. Coby Miles got the only strike of the match on 14 minutes to give Marc Das’ side their seventh win in their last eight games, which has deservedly catapulted them into the promotion reckoning alongside the chasing pack of Saffron Walden Town and Woodford Town. Manor’s mini-revival has been stifled and they will want to avoid being back in the lower part of the table.



Sporting Bengal Utd   1 – 1   Leyton Athletic   | Mile End Stadium  | Att: 35

I attended this match as Leyton did wel to hold a Bengal side who had enough chabces to win well here. My Report is here:


St Margaretsbury   1 – 0   Clapton   |  The Recreation Ground  | Att: 22

Max Mitchell’s side secured a narrow victory as talisman Charncey Dash got the only goal on 16 minutes, which gave St Margs their third win in their last six league outings. The Tons are still in a tricky period with five defeats in their last seven matches now.


Stansted   2 – 2   Sawbridgeworth Town    |  Hargrave Park  | Att: 62

The ‘Pittuck-Watters’ derby match ended up being a draw for the second time inside a month though for most of the match, it really didn’t favour the hosts. All the goals came in the second half with Sawbo quickly opening up a cushion with two goals in six minutes. First, Joe Wright has been a ‘go-to’ man for Town with regards to goals and he got another on 65 minutes. That lead was doubled as substitute & ex-Stansted forward Julian Lloyd [70’] struck though the drama was hardly at an end.

The Airportmen are a tough side to beat and showed that grit again as a quick-fire brace from James Turvey [84’ & 87’] wiped away the three points and a few smiles from a Sawbridgeworth dug-out though they should still be happy with a run of only two losses in their last seven matches. The hosts are finding it tough to win of late with only one of them in their last five.


The FA Vase – Round Three Results


Hullbridge Sports  0 – 2  Newport Pagnell Town  | Lower Road  | Att: 61

Redbridge  0 – 5  Chertsey Town  | Oakside  | Att: 68


Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 1 Dec) [ESL 2.12.18]

Written by Scott W [Twitter: @ScottMHC14]

Hello and welcome to the first round-up of ESL action in December, which saw some matches fall to the weather. How did your side do?

Essex Senior League

Friday 30th November

Tower Hamlets   5 – 0   Clapton  | Mile End Stadium  | Att: 82

Hamlets began the weekend’s action with a superb victory over Clapton at Mile End. Early goals by player-manager AJ Ashinike [9’] and Montel Williams [11’] set the tone before Wale Odedoyin added a third just past the half-hour. Luke With eradicated any doubt of where the points were going with his side’s fourth ten minutes into the second-half. Odedoyin got his second of the evening late on to add gloss to the score-line and secure their second win in their last seven. The Tons fell to their third loss in their last five matches.

Saturday 1st December

Hoddesdon Town  2 – 2   Walthamstow   | Lowfield  | Att: 76

‘Stow came back from two goals down to with ten men to claim an important point at Lowfield. Kane Lowe opened the scoring in first-half added-time, before Joss Lillis made it two on 61 minutes. After seeing Lee Flynn sent off, Ryan Maxwell’s side struck twice in as many minutes with Dwade James [75’] and the returning Elias Siligato [76’] both netting to get themselves right back into the match. Both sides remain in the top eight.

Leyton Athletic   0 – 1  Woodford Town   | Wadham Lodge  | Att: 28

Woodford had to really battle hard to claim the three points against Eli Benoit’s new charges at Wadham Lodge. Taku Mashingaidze’s 84th-minute winner managed to keep up the Towners’ winning run to four matches and go 5th. Leyton remain second-bottom, five points behind Southend Manor immediately above them.

Sawbridgeworth Town  4 – 2  West Essex   | Crofters End  | Att: 32

Two goals in each half saw the hosts to the victory in what was a fabulous encounter between two attack-minded sides. Daryl Doolan broke the deadlock after ten minutes before Jack Cousins doubled the lead 12 minutes before the break. Samraj Gill brought Kwame Kwateng’s side back into the match with his goal two minutes into the second-half. Any chance of West getting a share of the spoils was snuffed out by Ethan Barton’s double [50’ & 67’] though Symeon Taylor got another one back for the visitors with two minutes remaining. Sawbo got their third win in their last five matches here while West suffered their third straight defeat.

Stansted  2 – 1   Ilford     |  Hargrave Park  | Att: 39

I attended this match, here is my report:

Takeley   2 – 0   Stanway Rovers    | Station Road  | Att: 82

Takeley continued their unbeaten run with a good win over Stanway. Josh Sykes opened the scoring on 12 minutes and got his second of the afternoon, five minutes into the second-half to grab another three points and rise to third spot, only three points behind leading pair Stansted and Hullbridge. Rovers fell to their third straight loss.

Unfortunately, some matches didn’t beat the weather this weekend:


Sporting Bengal Utd   P – P   St Margaretsbury

The FA Vase – Round Three

Hullbridge Sports  P – P  Newport Pagnell Town

Redbridge  P – P  Chertsey Town   (tie has been re-set for Saturday 8th Dec)

Round-up: Essex Senior League (Sat 17th Nov) [ESL 18.11.18]

Written by Scott W   (Twitter: @ScottMHC14)

Hello & welcome to another of my round-up pieces, this time looking at this weekend’s Essex Senior League action. This weekend saw only two home sides winning in the eight fixtures and 27 goals scored.

Saturday 17th November

Hoddesdon Town 1 – 2 Takeley  | Lowfield  | Att: 91

Takeley continued their resurgence with a good win at Hoddesdon. Mitchell Das put the visitors ahead on 29 minutes before Courtney Clay levelled three minutes after the break. Mos Oguntuga grabbed all three points with the winner at the death for Marc Das’ side, their fifth straight win.

Ilford  1 – 2  West Essex | Cricklefield | Att: 37

West build on their good performance in midweek to surprise Ilf at Cricklefield. Two quick-fire goals from Tanvir Ahmed [21′] and Hakim Medfai [25′] put Kwame Kwateng’s side in a great position and although Callum Maltese halved that lead early in the second-half though the Stags came through to end a four-match winless streak. The Foxes have won one of their last six outings now.

Saffron Walden Town 4 – 0 Clapton  | Catons Lane | Att: 251

The Bloods overpowered the Tons with this comfortable victory at Catons Lane. Lee Sawyer opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 18 minutes before further strikes from Lewis Francis [38′], Jamie Solkhon [52′] and Craig Calver [78′] sealed another three points as Jason Maher’s side strengthened their position at the top end of the table. The Tons haven’t won in five matches now though in fairness, they are re-building at present.

Southend Manor  2 – 0  Barkingside  | Southchurch Park | Att: 53

Manor ended a eight-match winless run by consigning ‘Side to another defeat at Southchurch Park. First-half goals by Mohamed Kargbo [38′] and Charlie Barlow [42’] gave the hosts the advantage, to which the visitors couldn’t match in Alex Goldstone’s first game in charge as his new charges remain bottom and are in danger of being cast adrift there in the next month or so.

Stansted  2 – 3 Tower Hamlets  | Hargrave Park | Att: 46

Hamlets powered to a surprise victory at Hargrave Park. Player-boss AJ Ashinike’s side struck twice in four minutes through Dominic Weston [17′] and Luke With [21′] goals to really put their hosts in a tight spot. Though Paul Pittuck & Marc Benterman’s side are a hard side to beat and levelled through another double by in-form forward Jack West [45′ +2 & 66′]. You may have thought the hosts may have completed the comeback but not here. Amon Walton-Owen struck 14 minutes from time to seal victory for the visitors and ending a three-matching losing run. Stansted fell back to second in the table after other results.

Stanway Rovers  1 – 2  Redbridge   | Venue: Hawthorns  | Att: 75

Redbridge finally broke a mini hoo-doo by beating Stanway at the Hawthorns. The Motormen led on 48 minutes thanks to Michael Ogboin’s goal and DJ Adelekan made it two just a few moments later. Gaz Dauti pulled one back for the hosts though their five-match unbeaten stretch ended here. Redbridge ended a five-match winless league run here as well.

St Margaretsbury  1 – 2  Hullbridge Sports | The Recreation Ground | Att: 89

I attended this match, here’s my report:

Walthamstow  1 – 3  Woodford Town | Venue: Kitchener Road | Att: 83

Finally on Saturday, Woodford overcame Walthamstow to obtain another three points at Wadham Lodge. Two goals in five minutes just before the break saw Town lead as Jack Grosvenor [40′] and powerful forward Temi Babalola [45′] struck to make ‘Stow’s half-time team talk more interesting. New signing Dwade James opened his account for ‘Stow on 71 minutes though a late Samir Ali spot-kick sealed an excellent ‘day at the office’ for Dee Safer’s side.

That’s all for this week, thanks for reading.